So, what’s new for the 2016 Ford Explorer? The model’s brand manager, Matt Zuehlk, gave a walkaround of the refreshed full-sizer at the just-passed 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, touting the CUV’s various attributes and showing what is new and updated.
Ford didn’t mess with the styling of the Explorer (why mess with a good thing?), but there are some design cues to keep things fresh — from the front facia, the grille, the foglamps, and the headlamps. Out back, D-pillar rearward is all-new, with new taillamps and new sheetmetal on the rear hatch.
Under the hood is The Blue Oval’s new 2.3L EcoBoost four that replaces the current 2.0L EcoBoost motor. The larger four-banger delivers more horsepower and torque, while adding AWD capability as well as Class 2 trailering capacity.
But Zuehlk feels that the “icing on the cake” is the new Platinum trim level, which delivers a “fully leather-wrapped environment” with contrasting leather stitching. Additional features include a wood, leather-wrapped, and heated steering wheel, which adds to the luxurious and premium nature of this top-of-the-line Explorer.
We see no reason that the freshened styling, a new engine, and a new range-topping trim level would hold the Explorer back from continuing to be a popular stalwart choice. Now, here’s Mr. Zuehlk with his walkaround: